- Birth date: Cuyahoga County, Ohio 1831
- Date of Death: September 19, 1881
- Schooling: Graduated from Williams College in 1856
- Economic Standing: Moved back to Ohio to become classics professor, about a year later Garfield was made its president. In 1859 Garfield was elected Ohio state senate . In 1862 Garfield became a brigadeir general, then Two years later in 1864 he became a major general. Back in Ohio Garfield was elected to Congress. Garfield later became the leadingRepublican.
- Wife: Lucretia Rudolph Garfield
- Children: Garfield had 4 sons and 1 daughter
- Political Party: Republican
- Opponents: Winfield Scott Hancock
- Election History: Garfield tried to win a presidential nomination for his friend John Sherman and did not succeed. On the 36 ballot Garfield became the " dark horse" nominee
- Who did Garfield defeat: Wenfield Scott Hancock
- Populous Vote: 10,000 votes
- Electoral Votes: 214 votes
Issues & eVents significant to PresideNcy
- Issues of the period: Garfield strengthened Federal authority over New York Customs House
- Foreign affairs: Garfield was invited by his Secretary of State to an all Americans Republican conference to meet Washington in 1882, but the conference never took place
- Events leading up to Presidency: The Union Army
- Events While President: The treaty of Washington, formation of the American Association of the Red Cross
- Presidential Library: James A. Garfield National Historic Site
- Life after Presidency: James A. Garfield was shot on July 2, 1881 by Charles J. Guiteau and later died on September 19, 1881 in Elberon, New Jersey
- Vice President & what happened after Garfield assassination: Chester Alan Arthur was sworn into office as president after Garfields death
- Famous Quotes: " If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old" and "A brave man is a man who dares to look the Devil in the face and tell him he is a Devil"
- Nickname: Boatman Jim
- Military Experience: Garfield was commissioned lieutenant colonel in the Union Army and was later promoted to Brigadier general.